Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 1, Issue 2, Summer 1994

Kate Lindemann
Pages 25-32

Philosophy of Liberation in the North American Context
Transforming Oppressor Consciousness

This paper utilizes concepts from the works of Paulo Freire and other Latin American philosophers of liberation to formulate a philosophy of liberation in a North American context. Since many North Americans experience a double consciousness, that is, both oppressor and oppressed consciousness, our liberating task is quite complex. This study offers both a philosophical framework and an example of the process of demythologizing one aspect of North American consciousness, the consciousness of privilege.